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Report Shows Reduced Infections at Acute-Care Hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) annual progress report on health care–associated infections (HAIs) finds an overall decrease in HAIs at acute-care hospitals.

This report, reflecting 2016 data, is the first to measure year-to-year HAI prevention progress using the updated 2015 baseline, which includes new advancements in HAI prevention and updated definitions from the National Healthcare Safety Network.

The progress report provides state-specific summaries for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, acute-care hospitals, long-term acute-care hospitals, and critical-access hospitals that measure:

  • central line–associated bloodstream infections;
  • catheter-associated urinary tract infections;
  • ventilator-associated events;
  • surgical site infections;
  • methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; and
  • clostridioides difficile.

Unlike previous HAI progress reports, the new report is published in CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas in an effort to improve data access and readability. The agency also released a frequently asked questions document about the report.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Emily Schweich is a communications associate for America's Essential Hospitals.